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Virgin Media in £40m investment to bring more ultrafast to Leeds
Thursday 30 July 2015 09:32:32 by Andrew Ferguson

Leeds may already have cable broadband coverage from Virgin Media of around 66% making ultrafast (over 100 Mbps) an option for those covered, but a further £40m investment has been announced to increase coverage across the city.

Some 11,000 homes in the Middleton area of Leeds are set to be the first to benefit and the signs are clear for other cities wanting better coverage make things easier for Virgin Media.

"Local authorities have an important role in getting ultrafast broadband to more people, more quickly. Virgin Media is investing £3bn to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure. We need more local authorities, like Leeds City Council, to work with us to cut the red tape and secure investment for their residents."

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media chief executive officer

There press release is now on the Virgin Media site, and it seems the eventual goal is to increase the footprint in Leeds by around 80,000 premises. Working from our own data this should increase ultrafast coverage in Leeds from 66.4% to around 91%. With 92.7% of Leeds already able to get superfast at 24 Mbps or faster there will clearly a big large overlap with the Openreach FTTC network, but with such a large expansion would not surprise us that even if Openreach enable no other cabinets in the city that the expansion by Virgin Media will push Leeds well past the 95% superfast 2017 target.

Comments

Posted by Dixinormous about 1 year ago
Something that should be noted is that nearly all of the Middleton build was all new build.

There was Virgin's core network running nearby, and a very few streets that have pre-existing ducting that's being used, but the rest is all new.

Great to see competition, and kudos to Leeds City Council. I know they've worked hard on this and on making things easier for Virgin Media.
Posted by ZenUser27 about 1 year ago
All this to give Leeds slow congested internet also.

Lovely.
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
So what did Leeds do?
Posted by fastman about 1 year ago
some of leeds is by BDUK and some will be vigin extension to footprint on a commercial basis
Posted by Dixinormous about 1 year ago
@WWWombat: They allowed some flexibility with regards to notice periods on street works.
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